A career episode is a documented component of your engineering education and/or work
experience which captures a particular period or distinct aspect of your engineering activity.
It needs to clearly demonstrate the application of engineering knowledge and skills in the
nominated occupation, not the acquisition of knowledge.
It may be:
• An engineering task undertaken as part of your educational program;
• A project you have worked on or are currently working on;
• A specific position that you occupied or currently occupy;
• A particular engineering problem that you were required to solve.
Each career episode must be in your own words and must be written in English.
Do not present large amounts of technical material. It is recommended that each narrative be
a minimum of about 1000 words and a maximum of about 2000 words.
Each career episode must clearly demonstrate the application of engineering knowledge
and skills in the engineering discipline for which the applicant seeks recognition.
Each career episode should emphasise any engineering problems identified and any
particular problem solving techniques used by you.
The purpose of this is to assess the nature of the contribution which you may have
made to the engineering project or task – particularly if that contribution was of a novel
nature or critical to the implementation of the task/project.
Please note that it is not sufficient to merely describe work in which you were involved.
Your own role in the work must be clearly described by you, and be identifiable in the
You must number each paragraph in each of your career episodes.
The following system is recommended;
Career episode 1 (paragraphs 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 etc)
Career episode 2 (paragraphs 2.1, 2.2, 2.3 etc)
Career episode 3 (paragraphs 3.1, 3.2, 3.3 etc)
This is necessary to construct the Summary Statement.
Career Episodes must be written in the first person singular clearly indicating your own
personal role in the work described. Remember, it is what ‘I did’, not what ‘we did’ or what ‘I
was involved in.’
a) Introduction (approx. 50 words)
This introduces the reader to the career episode and should include such things as:
• The chronology – the dates and duration of this career episode;
• The geographical location where the experience was gained;
• The name of the organisation;
• The title of the position occupied by you.
b) Background (200 – 500 words)
This sets the scene and provides the context in which you were studying/working.
It should include such things as:
• The nature of the overall engineering project;
• The objectives of the project;
• The nature of your particular work area;
• A chart of the organisational structure highlighting your position;
• A statement of your duties (provide an official duty statement where available).
c) Personal Engineering Activity (500 – 1000 words)
This is the body of the narrative and the key assessable component.
In this section you must describe in detail the actual work performed by you. It is not sufficient
to describe the activity performed by a team or group – your own role must be clearly
Remember it is your own personal engineering competencies that are being assessed.
This section should include such things as:
• How you applied your engineering knowledge and skills;
• The tasks delegated to you and how you went about accomplishing them;
• Any particular technical difficulties/problems you encountered and how you solved them;
• Strategies devised by you including any original or creative design work;
• How you worked with other team members.
d) Summary (50 – 100 words)
This section sums up your impressions of the engineering activity and your role in it.
It should include such things as:
• Your view of the overall project;
• How the project fared in meeting the goals/requirements;
• How your personal role contributed to the project.
4. Preparation of the Summary
Complete the three career episodes, then analyse them for the presence of ALL of the
competency elements for the occupational category you have chosen. The elements for each
occupational category are listed in the following pages. The Appendix gives a detailed
description of each competency element for each category
The results of your analysis are to be reported in the form of a Summary Statement of
competency elements claimed.
The Summary Statement cross-references the relevant set of competency elements with the
particular paragraph in your Career Episode where each element occurs.
To do this, you will need to number the paragraphs in your career episodes.
You must download and complete the appropriate summary statement for your nominated
The summary statement templates are available at
These are guides only. Do not attempt to restrict your Summary Statement to one page only.
Applicants may prepare their own summary table, but must include the complete set of
competency elements for their nominated engineering category.
Please note, one Summary Statement only is to be provided covering all three career episodes